Jacinda Ardern pregnant: Politicians past and present lend their supportby RNZ
Support pours in from politicians past and present for the PM mum-to-be.
Ms Ardern, who became Prime Minister in October, announced this morning she and partner Clarke Gayford were expecting a baby in June.
Former prime minister Helen Clark was among the first to congratulate her, tweeting that it was going to be a "super busy year" with "much to look forward to".
Wishing @jacindaardern & @NZClarke all the best as they expect their 1st child in June: a super busy year coming up & much to look forward to. Every #woman should have the choice of combining family & career. https://t.co/Ma6B6OGXJe— Helen Clark (@HelenClarkNZ) January 18, 2018
"Every #woman should have the choice of combining family & career," she said.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull also offered his congratulations on Twitter.
Congratulations @jacindaardern on your wonderful news today. When we spoke this morning you sounded more excited than you did when you won the election! Lots of love and best wishes from me and Lucy and all of us across the ditch.— Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm) January 18, 2018
He said that when he spoke with Ms Ardern this morning she sounded more excited than she did when she won the election.
Opposition leader of the National Party Bill English said he and wife Mary wished Ms Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford the very best.
He said it was an incredible privilege to be a parent and a new child would bring real joy to their lives.
The Green Party, which has a confidence and supply agreement with the Labour-led government, also congratulated Ms Ardern.
"That a woman can be the Prime Minister of New Zealand and choose to have a family while in office says a lot about the kind of country we are and that we can be - modern, progressive, inclusive, and equal," said Green Party Co-leader James Shaw.
"For that reason I know this announcement will be significant for many women, in particular, and that all New Zealanders will share in the Prime Minister's joy today."
'Many many families do this every day in New Zealand' - Dame Jenny Shipley
Former prime minister Jenny Shipley said it was brilliant news and she heartily congratulated the couple.
"A wonderful choice of our outstanding young woman leader who is also going to choose to be a parent. It will bring special insight, I suspect, in her work and joy to her family."
Dame Jenny said it made the job demanding in so far as you needed a "village". That had been the case when she had children, albeit older, when she was prime minister. And her husband Burton was ahead of his time, in the way he stepped up.
She said Ms Ardern would be fine in juggling parental and leadership responsibilities.
"She can do both, and frankly it's wonderful to see that we've got diversity in the parliament and a third woman Prime Minister who is young and still in her childbearing years.
"Many many families do this every day in New Zealand. With big jobs, and every job is an important job in this economy. Jacinda happens to be Prime Minister and I have no doubt she'll surround herself with gifted and caring people.
"She'll also surround herself with smart people who'll help her do her job and I think it's another, a groundbreaking example of what women can do. We have women and men leading this country and we have women and men making choices. How lucky are we."
She said it was not the slightest bit relevant that Ardern may have known she was pregnant while negotiating the coalition agreement.
"If she knew while she was negotiating it should not have made a blind bit of difference to the outcome of those discussions and I think people need to be very careful not to delve into the personal lives of leaders in areas that are absolutely irrelevant to the successful governance of this country.
Good for women, great for politics, also good for New Zealand - Dame Annette King
Former Labour party deputy leader Annette King said the couple would make great parents, it was great for them personally and for the country.
"Jacinda has wanted to have children for as long as I've known her, she's just a natural with babies, they're a magnet to her so wherever we went if there was a baby that baby got the attention first.
"Also I think it's good for women, I think it's great for politics, and I think it's also good for New Zealand because once again here we are showing that you can do things differently in a country like ours."
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